Make a great start with a delicious spread of traditional and continental dishes for breakfast. Then head just 8 kms out from the centre of town to the Spituk Monastery and find yourself transported to another world altogether in this amazing 11th Century centre of religion, art, culture and mystique.
And if you’re in time for the legendary Spituk Gustor Festival, join the celebrations of ‘the victory of the black hat dancers over evil’, and enjoy colourful cham dances by Buddhist lamas wearing elaborate masks!
Return to The Grand Dragon Ladakh for lunch. In the evening, set out to witness the serene beauty of the sunset at Shanti Stupa and return to the hotel to relax. Dine on the Stok View Terrace with drinks and finger licking food by the warmth of a bonfire.
Meals: Breakfast. Lunch. Dinner by the bonfire
* Upcoming Spituk Gustor festival: 26-27 January 2017
FAST FACT: Spituk Monastery is an ancient centre of learning with a rich history of belonging to both, the Kadampa School and Gayluk Pa orders of Buddhism. With its prized collection of ancient masks, antique arms and fine Thangkhas, it remains a fascinating destination even today. But it is during the Spituk Gustor festival that thousands of people, both, Ladakhis from all across the plateau as well as global tourists throng to see the masked cham dance – a battle of good over evil enacted by Buddhist lamas, witness the annual unveiling of the terrifying face of Vajrabhairava, and receive the blessing of the deities.
Shanti Stupa was inaugurated by Dalai Lama in 1985 and completed in 1991 by the Japanese Buddhist Bhikshu Gyomyo Nakamura. A repository of the relics of the Buddha was established for world peace.